Becky is following her dream

Becky Willbye who has just been accepted into Stella Mann college at Bedford
Becky Willbye who has just been accepted into Stella Mann college at Bedford

ASPIRING dancer Becky Willbye has danced her way into the prestigious Stella Mann College of Performing Arts at Bedford.

Becky (16), of Wisbech, has bagged one of only 40 places from the 300 to 400 who auditioned.

Becky Willbye who has just been accepted into Stella Mann college at Bedford with Cynthia Maxey

Becky Willbye who has just been accepted into Stella Mann college at Bedford with Cynthia Maxey

The dancers were put through their paces during a day of tough auditions.

She had to impress college staff by taking part in ballet and jazz classes, performing a solo dance she had choreographed herself and then sang a song.

Becky will start the three-year course in September studying various aspects of dance from ballet, tap and jazz to street.

The Thomas Clarkson Community College pupil, who is also busy with her GCSEs, has been a pupil at the Cynthia Maxey School of Dance since the age of three.

School principal Cynthia praised Becky’s achievement saying: “She is very hard working and dedicated. She has showed promise not only on the performing side but also on the teaching side as she helps me with several of the classes.”

Becky’s ultimate aim is to be a professional dancer and she would also like to teach.

Said Becky: “I am excited about it all. It is going to be a bit nerve-racking going by myself but it is something I have always wanted to do.”

Proud parents Dean and Mary have to find the money to cover the costs of the course and accommodation because Becky isn’t old enough for a Student Loan.

The course costs are similar to that of a university.

Becky intends to try to get help by going for a scholarship and also trying some charities suggested by the college.

The family would welcome any help with sponsorship from local businesses and can be contacted via the Citizen on 01945-586134.

Said Mary: “We are just so proud of her. She has worked hard, studying for her GCSEs and still working on her dance. Dance is her life.”

She also praised her dance teacher. “Cynthia has been fantastic and allowed her to help with the classes. She has given her so much support.”